Monday, February 28, 2011

Weeknote #33 (w/e 27/2/11)

I've been very bad at updating my weeknotes over the past few...umm...weeks, so here's a quick run-down of what's happened since the last one.

At the start of February I sat on my first EPSRC panel. I can't go into too much detail, as I'm not sure the results have been released yet, but we basically had a day-and-a-half, locked in a hotel in Swindon, to rank a load of funding proposals. It was quite an exhausting experience, but very useful, in that it was my first insight into the process as a reviewer (as opposed to proposer). Top tip: drive, don't take the train. That way, you get to take along the several KG of paperwork, instead of relying on the summary you've prepared, and avoid embarrassment when you have to repeatedly ask to use the copies brought along by your far more experienced colleague. Lesson learned for next time.

Last week I had a nice couple of days near Paris, visiting the group of Alfonso Jaramillo. Alfonso is the technical lead on our BACTOCOM project, and I believe he currently has an open post-doc position. On the subject of European projects, I was pleased that our COBRA project managed to secure the organization of special sessions at both FET11 in Budapest this May, and the European Conference on Artificial Life, in Paris this August. Busy times ahead.

In terms of papers, Matthew and I finally had the "zombie paper" accepted, and there's a preprint version available here. Matthew spent most of last week at MOSI, participating in their half-term Turing test. By all accounts, it was a huge success, so well done to him.